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I'm trying to decide on which OS to get for my first tablets - they all seem to have their pros and cons:

Windows 8

+ Far ahead of Android and iOS in terms of sheer functionality thanks to its huge library of existing software
+ Hardware can be much faster than anything ARM can offer thanks to Core i5/i7
- On the other hand, Atom is slow
- Core i5/i7 tablets tend to be bulky, heavy, and tend to start at around $500, which top of the line pricing for Android or iOS

Android

+ Some of the best tablets like the Nexus 7 are also some of the most affordable
+ Tons of form factor options
- Apps used to work poorly on HiDPI screens - perhaps this has gotten better?
- Limited functionality compared to Windows 8

iOS

+ It just works out of the box
+ A huge ecosystem and a plethora of accessories - everything seems to be made for iPads
- The walled garden
- Extremely limited functionality compared to Windows 8, limited functionality compared to Android
- Expensive

Anyone have suggestions that could tip the balance one way or another?
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As an iOS fan, my vote goes for the iPad. Like you said, it just works out of the box. The simplicity of not having to tweak every little thing just to make it work right is what I want in a tablet. My sig rig is for tweaking. iOS has one of, if not the largest collection of apps out there. And it isn't filled up with crap apps like on android, no offence to android fans out there but the quality of apps that fill the iOS app store is on a whole other level.

The "walled garden" look of things is only that way if you want it to be. You don't have to use iCloud, iTunes is a must but it is easy enough to put on your cumputer and if you don't want it to organize your library or move any content then just tell it not to and only use it when syncing.

You are totally correct when you say that iPads have a massive accessory market. It's also nice when you need a charger, everyone has chargers for iOS devices.

I wouldn't say it has a limited functionality at all. First off, what do you plan on using it for? Remember those commercials that said, "there's an app for that"? Well it's true. Apps - and the abundance of them on the App Store - have a great impact on functionality.


(Typing this from my couch, on my iPad)tongue.gif
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A lot of the limited functionality in iOS is directly related to the walled garden. The thing is, there isn't always an app for that - it would be more accurate to say "there probably would be an app for that, if Apple didn't ban everything that doesn't mesh with their ideals". This instantly rules out any possibility of VNC servers (or any other form of remote access), emulators, wifi scanners, or filesystem browsers ever appearing on the App Store, and that's just what I can think of off the top of my head.
Edited by Peon - 4/21/14 at 3:24pm
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Bay Trail Atom isn't slow, it's vastly superior to the old Atoms. I've tried some of the newer tablets and I can say they are really nice to use. The Transformer Book, for example, is great. If you want a cheap Windows tablet you should look at the Cube iWork10.

Here is a review of it on XDA.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2651407
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FOR
Powerful Intel Bay-Trail processors
Sleek build and compact design
Full Windows 8.1
Over 6 hours’ battery Life
Eye-watering IPS display
Affordable Price
Micro SD card support
HDMI port
Brilliant Keyboard Cover

AGAINST
Small internal storage
USB Host requires dongle

BOTTOM LINE
The Acube iWork 10 is an affordable Windows 8 tablet with good battery life and features. Just make sure you always have access to the Internet, as local storage is a little light on this tablet.
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The micro SD card may be needed to supplement the skimpy storage built into the system. The 32GB SSD only had about 19GB of free space after we went through the initial setup. Thankfully, the tablet comes with very few pieces of pre-loaded software, only the standard Windows 8.1 apps like Skype are included.

It lacks the battery life of the Transformer Book but it's almost half the price so not much to complain.

My laptop is a Turion II 2.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD and a 4570 512MB. I hate it not because the hardware is slow but because the damned fan keeps going to 100% for absolutely no reason and makes stupid noise. I'd love to replace it with that iWork10 but no money sad-smiley-002.gif
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Windows 8 tablets offer what tablets are still trying to accomplish. You already have thin, high performance, inexpensive devices holding the atom processor. Android and apple are too primitive in what they can do. But, I do like those note tablets. I settled on a SP2 and won't ever consider the alternatives until they gain the function windows can uphold. Would be nice for Apple to release x86 support in a tablet environment.
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I am a huge fan of Win 8.1 tablets. The fact that I can use any USB device w/ plug and play compatibility is huge. Plus being able to run Steam, Lightroom, and Photoshop. After buying a Dell Venue Pro 4 months ago my iPad(s) have become paperweights. They are frustrating to use after you get use to how well Win 8 works on a tablet.
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post #7 of 12
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Bay Trail is indeed much faster than Clover Trail (or anything before it), but AFAIK it's only slightly faster than a Snapdragon 800 is - and Windows 8 is a much heavier OS than Android is.

What would be great is Surface Pro hardware in a Surface RT form factor, but I guess that won't be happening until at least Broadwell.
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Absolutely love my venue 8 pro. The bay trail 3740D is pretty snappy, and has good battery life. It may be slightly slower than a comparable android tablet, or even an ipad, but I have software that I can utilize. Not only that, I have external storage which is something that always upset me with the ipad.
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After thinking about this some more, the problem might actually be my expectations - I guess with a Windows tablet, I just expect to do more. Like for instance, I would never think of running a VM on an Android or iOS tablet, but for some reason I see myself needing to do so with a Windows 8 tablet.
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How about this OP?
Get your butt in an electronic store such as BestBuy, Fry's, Judicature and etc.

Then mess with all three different OS tablets or four if you include surface 2 to get the feel of it.

Now, W8 and WRT Tablet are great for multitasking.

If you watch the video on YouTube called "Surface 2 Tips and Tricks" by Sean Ong I believe. He show a lot of cool functions that you can do which iPad nor Android tablet can't do.

Now, the main question is what will you be using it for?
     
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